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CSA veggie pickup reminder

Posted 6/16/2017 8:17pm by Betsy Austin.

Happy Solstice!!!

The eleventh veggie pickup of the 2017 season is this coming Saturday..June 17th..9:00 am to noon!! 

Note: next payment due..thanks!!

You know I said summer hit hard last week? Well, it hit even harder this week!! Boy, has it been hot and dry!! The week started out on Monday just a bit cooler..was quite pleasant except for the wind..we were in the 70's. Monday night was downright cold..34 degrees..a bit of a shock after the 65 degree low Friday night!! By about 9 Tuesday morning the winds had died down and the temperature was rising rapidly. Early morning has been a pleasant 50 degrees..afternoons have been in the high 80's with not a cloud or a happy little breeze.{today it reached 90} Unfortunately it looks like next week is going to be even hotter and drier..highs well into the 90's..even saw a 100 degree day about midweek. Happy Summer!! Didn't it snow just a few short weeks ago??

Food for thought.. Well, we will try the soapbox thing again in a couple weeks..I know many of you have a lot of opinions on food issues..we have talked about them!! I would just like to reach a wider audience. Anyway for now we want to know what you are doing with your fava beans??

In the high tunnel this week we got the last of the peppers in. The first ones we planted are blooming..eggplant as well..cucs are getting little girl blossoms..the earliest variety had lots of little tiny cucs l;at week..guess what it still has lots of little tiny cucs..I don't think they grew at all!! Saw the first 5 or so little tomatoes this morning..black cherry of course!! Thursday we picked 40 pounds of favas..I's say they're on!!

Outdoor adventures this week..Well, we planted a lot of things!! planted summer squash, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, and something else, I think. Also seeded rutabaga, fennel, more beets, parsnips and mangals. Please help us thank Evan and all our work share folks..you are all awesome!! Picked more peas this week..over twice as many as last {probably pod for pod there are as many peas as favas!!} I am not sure just how long they are going to keep producing..They made it through 22 degree nights in April and 4 inches of snow in May with flying colors, but the heat of June is making them very unhappy..last week they were still blooming well and setting pods..this week I see only a handful of blossoms. I think pea season is going to be one of those short but sweet memories very soon!! The lettuce and the salad greens are having some issues with the heat as well. Kohlrabi is starting to come on and it looks like we may have cabbage next week. Harvested the first little bit of portuguese kale and collards this morning.

If you haven't checked out the website or our facebook group, please do..it is so cool!! We would like feedback as well!!  www.circleagarden.com  there is a link to facebook on the homepage.   

More news this week..Terry and Rylan's babies are now about 4 weeks old..they have discovered the joys of bath time!!  

Intern update..they may be ready to head out here to Colorado in about 2 weeks!!

we are still asking for help from you, our CSA members!! I will be hitting the fields about 6:30 or so{earlier if it heats up} Sunday through Thursday, weeding, prepping beds, planting, and more!! Please, Please come and give us a hand!! Please call me {970-249-9725..ask for Betsy} to let me know when you can make it so I can plan my days..Thanks!!

We are 11 weeks into the season!!  Our CSA is not full yet so if you are still interested in fresh veggies we are still taking signups.  Please take a few minutes to go to the website to sign up for another season of amazing goodies!! Shares will be prorated after June 1st. Please go to www.circleagarden.com

What is available for the CSA this week?

Note:..we have many recipes on the website to give you ideas about how to use some of our many veggies!!

This is my best guess on Thursday evening..sometimes we can't really tell just how ready a crop is for harvest until we get in there to harvest it..

Food safety reminder!! Please remember that none of are veggies are considered ready to eat..We chill them to get the feild heat out and remove a bit of soil. Please wash your veggies before you eat them!!

We are starting to transition from greens and goodies in the high tunnel to new spring plantings from outside..ideally as those greens in the high tunnel are through the first of the outdoor goodies are ready to harvest..unfortunately the greens are done, but peas,kohlrabi and cabbages are not quite ready..coming soon though!!

From the high tunnel

Swiss chard, kale

 beets, carrots, fava beans, herbs

From the great out of doors

 herbs, sugar snap peas, kohlrabi, radishes, portuguese kale, collards

NOTE: we have a line on a local source for eggs..one of our CSA member's dad raises chickens just down the road..have more info this week..The grower is Don Arnold at lower 48 farm..just over on Kinikin Road. They are free range and supplement their all natural feed ration with a goodly variety of bugs and weeds. We will have a few here at the farm for Saturday pickup.

Hope you are all enjoying this summer weather!!

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!!

Betsy, Terry, Jeanne, and all of us here at Circle A